This panel explores rural and countryside settings through the lens of the concept of dwelling. The relation between centre and periphery, on different scales and in different contexts, is at the very core of our interest in rural dwellings.
This panel explores rural and countryside settings through the lens of the concept of dwelling. To dwell can mean, "to live", "to make oneself at home", but also "to haunt". This panel will therefore explore multiple meanings of homemaking in rural settings, as well as the problems and symbolic orders that haunt rural contexts. The relation between centre and periphery, on different scales and in different contexts, is at the very core of our interest in rural dwellings.
We invite papers that address contemporary life and practices in rural settings. How are rural landscapes lived and made sense out of in bodies, hearts and minds? We would like to discuss how different ways of homemaking can be created, maintained, negotiated, remembered, strived for, narrated etc, through everyday practices, social media, in discourse, rituals or political activism. How are geographical and social boundaries drawn and how are they made meaningful?
We especially welcome contributions dealing with rural dwellings that become deemed problematic and contested in various ways. For example, conflicts between hegemonic urban notions or expectations on one hand, and rural existence and conditions on the other, dealing with more or less overt issues of power. We want to discuss stigmatization of place, clashes of class, urban norms and rural practice, but also the close and complicated relationship between the rural and urban in terms of "rurbality".